Kia ora tātou,

We are pleased to let you know that Te Pūtea Matua, the Reserve Bank, has released its latest assessment of the Māori Economy – Te Ōhanga Māori 2018 – which paints a picture of the Māori economy as at 2018.

The report is a fact-based foundation for economic policy-making for Aotearoa New Zealand’s future.

Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) partnered with Te Pūtea Matua to produce the report, which will inform and support iwi, Māori, businesses, and the government in its decision making about the future development and wellbeing of Māori and Aotearoa.

The report was written during the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, providing a snapshot of Māori economic activity just before the pandemic, and expands on BERL’s 2013 work by providing a richer description of the many roles Māori play in the economy of Aotearoa.

Some of the interesting highlights from the report include:

  • The Māori population totalled 775,800 in 2018, an increase of 30 percent since 2013. This included 527,000 Māori of working age (15 years and over), an increase of 33 percent.
  • The number of Māori in employment in 2018 totalled 329,200. This is an increase of over 105,200, or 47 percent, since 2013, including a 46 percent increase in the number of Māori employers.
  • Māori in business, as either employers or self-employed, are dominated by those in the highest skill category.
  • There was a large change in the composition of the population and the labour force of Aotearoa between 2013 and 2018. The growth in the number of Māori was significantly greater than the number of non-Māori. 

Check out the full report here:

Ngā mihi nui,

Chris Karamea Insley